Creative Music Training
"I enjoyed meeting the other participants, especially comparing the music education scene in different countries around the world. I also really enjoyed the reflective conversations at the end of the day. The leaders were all brilliant." Creative Music Training participant 2014
A unique opportunity for musicians and educators to develop and study collaborative workshop-leading skills and creative approaches to communicating through music in diverse participatory contexts. Music leaders of the 21st century are required to fulfil many roles – as leader, conductor, collaborator, improviser, composer and educator.
Our five-day summer school will equip you with the skills to aide and support effective workshop leading and collaborative music. The course will help you:
- Diversify your musicianship skills
- Develop leadership and collaboration skills
- Apply the theory in practical sessions with a youth ensemble
Creative Music Training is taught by the Guildhall School and Barbican’s joint Creative Learning department which has over 25 years of experience, excellence and leadership in this field. The course is led by Creative Learning tutors Paul Griffiths, Detta Danford and Natasha Zielazinski.
This course is for over 18s and participants should have demonstrable musicianship skills, whether acquired through formal training or self-taught.
About the course tutors
Natasha works regularly as a performer, composer and leader. She co-founded contemporary music ensemble Jetsam and Future Band, a Barbican-Guildhall ensemble of young instrumentalists, vocalists and composers. She has led projects for Aldeburgh Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatoire, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has travelled regularly to the United States, Japan and Europe to lead projects and perform.
Icelandic born Sigrun Saevarsdottir-Griffiths has extensive experience in leading participatory work in community settings. In her career she has worked for many of the UK’s orchestras and other arts organisations worldwide. A large part of Sigrun's professional life is dedicated to the training of professional musicians and teachers, as she leads professional training courses in the UK, Europe and Asia. Sigrun is Course Leader of the Leadership Course at the Guildhall School, where she also teaches at postgraduate and undergraduate levels within other departments. She is a visiting tutor of the Music Society and Education course at The Icelandic Arts Academy and for the International Music Masters ‘NAIP’.
About the School
The Guildhall School is situated in the City of London next door to the Barbican Arts Centre, which houses two theatres, a concert hall, cinemas and galleries. It is also within easy reach of the West End and the Southbank. This course has a Barbican-based residential option for those seeking accommodation.
Tuesday 29 August - Saturday 2 September 2017
Applicants must be 18 years of age or over on the first day of the course. Applicants should ensure they have sufficient English language skills to be able to cope with the demands of this course. Participants are expected to have demonstrable musicianship skills acquired either through formal training or self-taught.
Special access needs
If you have any special access needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements using the contact details below.
It is recommended that students take out insurance cover, including cover for theft and the loss of fees in the event of illness or accident. For international students needing help in finding an insurance company, you might try www.students-insurance.eu
Should you wish to use your participation in the summer school as credit for a university or college course you are undertaking, this would be a matter for you to agree with your current institution. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer assessments.
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Terms and conditions
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Creative Music Training course for 12-16 years
If you are between 12-16 and would like to take part in a free three day music-making project working with the participants of the Creative Music Training course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
The project will take place between 11.00am-4.00pm Thursday 31 August to Saturday 2 September 2017 at the Guildhall School.